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Welcome to the Health Innovation Blog! The intention of this blog is provide a platform for staff, students and community members to discuss innovative ideas to address health system challenges and gaps.

The views expressed in these blogs are the opinions of their authors, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Centre.


Nov 6, 2017

Treating patients with Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms (MUPS)

People with MUPS are a segment of the population who have felt ignored and pushed outside the peripheries of science and medicine. This blog calls for the healthcare system to advance research activities and improve knowledge that will aid in developing better ways to treat people with MUPS.
Oct 20, 2017

The Brains of the operation: How neuroscience changes thinking about innovation and leadership in organizations

Can organizations become more whole brained to innovate?Innovation creates a paradox of conflicting forces but individual human brains navigate this space continuously - integrating between the novel and the known. This blog explores what neuroscience can add to existing theories about innovation.
Oct 5, 2017

How can Canada decrease youth cannabis consumption in anticipation of recreational legalization?

A discussion on the importance of developing a strategy to decrease youth cannabis consumption in anticipation of recreational legalization
Sep 18, 2017

Canada needs to facilitate healthy eating, not hinder it

Chronic diseases have become prevalent in our society. We need Canadians to commit to changing their lifestyles for the long-term, and in order to do so, we need our society to help facilitate this change through healthy eating programs.
Aug 31, 2017

Care by design

How we structure the spaces in which patients receive their care, and in which healthcare professionals work can often be overlooked, but it is essential to the care of patients as it influences how we feel, express ourselves, and think.
Aug 16, 2017

Is exercise prescription in primary care the key to health promotion?

"Exercise can be used like a vaccine to prevent disease and a medication to treat disease. If there were a drug with the same benefits as exercise, it would instantly be the standard of care."
Jul 11, 2017

Canada should not allow two-tiered practicing for medically-necessary services

Canada should transform care pathways to improve delivery of care and wait times instead of implementing a two-tiered health system. This would preserve the principles of fairness and equity highly valued by Canadians while maintaining a high standard of care and keeping access to care need-based.
Jun 26, 2017

Taking the time to care: The need for paid caregiver leave in Canada

Over 6 million Canadians are balancing employment with caregiving duties and caregiving can have negative consequences for a caregiver's professional life. This blog discusses the importance of and need for paid leave for caregiving in Canadian workplaces.
Jun 12, 2017

Creating mutually beneficial partnerships between the health systems of developed economies and developing countries

This blog reflects on the need to create mutually beneficial partnerships between developed economies and developing countries/economies in transition and the need for these partnerships to utilize the concept of shared value.
May 24, 2017

Big data in Electronic Health Records, and what physicians can do to help

Despite the large amount of data stored in them, electronic health records (EHR) have yet to realize their full potential in improving care for patients. In response to earlier government incentives in switching to health record systems, physicians now have a strong role to play.